Year End Letter from the Board

 

Dear Friends of the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center,

As we close out the year 2020, our collective memories of the past year will be profound. The magnitude of the COVID pandemic has been a crisis that none of us have experienced. The impact has not spared any part of our society. It has also put a spotlight on the broader societal inequalities that have plagued our country for decades. On a personal level, each of us have, with our families and in our community at large, been affected through our schools, businesses, organizations and workplaces.

Through this crisis, we have seen the best of the Carpinteria community as it quickly came together to marshall resources to address the most vulnerable in providing essential services. Lead by nonprofits and volunteers in partnership with the business community and generous donors, our community came together to begin delivering relief to those in need.

After our initial shutdown, the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center quickly realized our community need for connection as we sheltered in place. So the Art Center did what what it knows how to do; to engage the community in creativity. Our outstanding staff quickly followed the rest of America and pivoted to the virtual world delivering a wide range of offerings online: classes, summer camps, the annual teen mural, zoom gatherings of book and poetry readings, online tours of museums worldwide and several very popular community-wide art projects.

Living through this pandemic has given all of us the chance to reflect on what is really important in our lives. Here at the Arts Center, it is finding creativity in all kinds of activities connecting us to family, friends and the community at large. Many of you have stepped up to help provide virtual art classes, summer children programs and after school programs for free to all of our Arts Center family. A heartfelt thank you to our volunteers, artists, instructors, other nonprofits and donors, for seeing the value in providing the arts as a positive outlet during these difficult times.

As we begin the new year, there is hope on the way with the initial roll out of vaccines but the next few months will still be challenging. The Arts Center Board is committed to continuing to provide the free virtual programs to our community to help all of us through, what hopes to be this last phase of the pandemic.

Looking forward to when we can all meet again in person in 2021 at one of the many Arts Center's activities; maybe, a community-wide party in our courtyard! In the meantime, please be diligent and stay safe.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Healthy Prosperous New Year!

The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center
Board of Directors